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Michigan State looking for a breakout game Saturday in Madison

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State lost some extremely close games while falling to 1-3 in the Big Ten Conference - and the Spartans are looking for a breakout game on Saturday at Wisconsin.

MSU Head Coach Mark Dantonio is not used to losing. Michigan State only lost one Big Ten contest in each of the last two years - and they fell to the Badgers in the inaugural conference title game a year ago. This season, the Spartans have seen their four conference games decided by a total of 10 points. Three were losses, including a 12-10 defeat at Michigan last Saturday which snapped Michigan State's four-game winning streak against the Wolverines. Their only conference victory was at Indiana two-and-a-half weeks ago. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 290 yards, as the Spartans overcame a 17-0 deficit at halftime. Three starting offensive linemen sat out last week's game for Michigan State due to injuries. They've used six offensive line combinations in eight weeks - and that's partially why the Spartans have only scored 19-point-six points a game, down from 31 a year ago. Michigan State will come into Madison with a 4-4 overall record. Wisconsin is 6-2 overall, and 3-1 in the Big Ten, after a 25-point rout of Minnesota.


A defensive back from Waukesha has given a verbal commitment to play at Wisconsin. Matt Hubley said he was offered to be a preferred walk-on at the Badgers' summer camp. But he told the Wisconsin State Journal he wanted to prove that he was worth a scholarship - and he finally received that offer on Monday night. Hubley is a safety, and he had three sacks last week for Waukesha Catholic Memorial in its state high school Division-Three playoff victory over Brown Deer last weekend. Hubley is also a solid rusher on offense, running for almost 12-hundred yards this season. But he expects the Badgers to use him at safety. Hubley said he was told by Coach Bret Bielema that a couple scholarships became open - including one planned for defensive tackle Darius Latham, who pulled his commitment recently.